26 Jul 2015

Fox still on top as Ko slips slightly

9:40 am on 26 July 2015

The New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox has maintained his outright lead following the third round of the European Challenge Tour's latest event in France.

Fox fired a 3 under par 68 to move to 16 under for the tournament, 3 shots clear of his nearest rival.

Meanwhile compatriot Lydia Ko has slipped from a tie for first to outright third after carding a second round 1 over par 73 to drop to 3 under for the tournament, 3 strokes off the pace.

The 18-year-old yesterday carded a four under par 68 to sit atop the leaderboard with Norway's Suzann Pettersen.

The world No.2 fired four birdies and went bogey-free in her opening round.

Speaking to the Ladies European Tour website Ko said she he did not know what to expect from the "tough" course.

"You can see by the scores it's not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.

"Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can't use the same game as you can in the States.

"You're hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage."

Meanwhile fellow New Zealander Ryan Fox has the outright lead following the second round at the European Challenge Tour's latest event in France.

Fox fired a four under par 67 to move to 13 under for the tournament, one shot clear of his nearest rival, American Connor Arendell.

The 28-year-old, who finished in a tie for 49th at the British Open Championship earlier this week, recorded with a course record nine under par 62 in his opening round at the Challenge Tour event.

Fox made seven birdies and an eagle to shoot nine under in his opening round.

First prize at the four-round tournament is just over $NZ50,000.

And both Hamilton's Steve Alker and Manawatu's Tim Wilkinson fought back to make the cut at the Canadian Open.

The pair are well behind the outright leader, the American Chad Campbell, who's on 14 under par - Alker's on four under after a three under 69, while Wilkinson's two strokes further back following a 70.

US-based Auckland amateur James Beale missed the cut by five strokes after twin 75s. Beale qualified for the Canadian Open after winning the 2014 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship.